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We are in the final stretch of this strange year and challenge to our lives known as 2020. It is time to celebrate and reflect on the good that has come in this new age of living and working from home, in the office with masks, socially distant from our colleagues and friends, and virtually attending events and conferences. What will 2021 bring? The promise of a vaccine brings us hope and a possible reining in the pandemic. Still, the changes of 2020 will persist and our lives are forever changed. Personally, I am looking forward to moving forward together as a community whatever 2021 will bring.
This issue has some great women in cybersecurity featured. Our contributed pieces come from those who are both new and seasoned professionals. Kyla Guru, a student at Stanford University (just completing her first semester...congrats, Kyla), who started her own cybersecurity education nonprofit at age 14, shares her view on Gen Z and how they are the future of cybersecurity. Further down the spectrum and looking toward the C-suite, EY Global Cybersecurity Leader Kris Lovejoy offers advice for CISOs as we take what we've learned from the pandemic, pivot and move forward. And, a new addition to the CyberWire team who keeps our ad operations moving ahead, Regina Johnson, shares her thoughts on staying safe at home virtually while helping our children adapt and learn remotely. There is no way around the pandemic, it has changed us.
For now, I reflect and celebrate what we have been able to accomplish during 2020. Just last week, I was feeling a bit melancholy at some of the losses of in-person events and suffering from Zoom fatigue as I am guessing others are as well. Twitter gave me a boost and renewed reason to celebrate the legacy I've been fortunate to be part of: the CyberWire's Women in Cyber Security reception. Another member of our founding group, Kathleen Smith of ClearedJobs.net, provided me with that reminder and for that, I thank her and now offer you some words from her toast that she shared with us in 2019 as we get ready to put 2020 behind us and move on into whatever 2021 brings. "Let's raise a glass to the courage, passion and compassion of the women in cybersecurity." To experience Kathleen's inspirational toast and get your own boost, please check out the video. Cheers!
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